These days I have been taking photos with one of Greg's favorite cameras which he bought recently, the Sony A7RII and it’s really nice. Setting up the studio for the photo shoot, using the right props and getting the lights out is something that requires me to be in the right mood and energy level. I feel like when starting a new project (new shooting project in this case), the creative part of the brain initially needs some exercise to warm up. I have noticed this in my photos, I never really like the first photos at the beginning of each shoot. Gradually I see my photos get better and better as I take them and the use the camera. With that, recently I had some free time to take photos. I would love to share them with you because I think they are perfect for St. Valentines Day.
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The first time I heard about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was from Greg. He was following many blogs that wrote about the paint, how easy it was to use it especially on old vintage furniture and how beautiful and clean the end product would come out. From old and beat up furniture to new shabby chic. It is amazing what this paint can do. Greg and I follow Annie Sloan and Miss Mustard Seeds blogs and learned a lot from Annie and Marianne about how to use the paint and what kind of brush and wax can be applied to give a certain look. We are just fascinated and are now creating our own style based on the look we want our furniture to have.
Initially we got the paint from England but then we found a store in NJ that started to carry Annie Sloan products. We were super excited that could buy it easily in the states and were able to avoid the extra shipping costs.
I try to connect with like-minded people on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest) and so I contacted Annie Sloan asking her where I could find her paint in NYC. I was so happy to find out that I was able to find her paint in Greenpoint in a cute little store called Suite Pieces. Corina and Amanda, the owners of the store are so sweet and always happy to give you tips on how to use not only the Annie’s chalk paint but also on how to use other products to enhance your furniture. At Suite Pieces, Corina and Amanda carry a variety of products ready to be applied on any furniture, frames, and jars.
When I first met Corina, I went to buy Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint. We were talking to her about the store and how happy we were to find Suite Pieces so that we do not need to take the train to go to NJ just to get the paint.
She curiously asked what I was going to do with the paint and I told her that I needed my paint to for my mason jars candles. I gave her my card and she really loved my candles and she wanted to sell them in her store.
Another great thing about Suite Pieces is that Corina and Amanda offer classes on how to use the paint. I totally recommend to all of you who would love to get into a new hobby to take one of her classes. You would love the fact how productive you will feel when you see that you just gave life to an old and shabby furniture. Check out her classes schedule and the price list here.
Here are so of the pictures Greg and I took.
See you soon Corina and Amanda.
A few weeks ago Greg and I went to see the AIPAD Photography show held at Park Avenue Armory located at 643 Park Avenue, New York. It was held from April 10th to the 13th. We loved the show. It included contemporary, modern and nineteenth-century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video, and new media. Greg was more interested in 19th century photography, especially tintype photos, which are created by placing the emulsion on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer. Tintypes were used mostly during the 1860’s and 1870’s.
While me I liked the style of Paulette Tavormina (http://www.paulettetavormina.com) Her photos are amazing and this is how I would love to take pictures of my candles. That’s my style. Greg does not always agree with my photos taken using this particular style, as the pictures are very dark. He suggests something lighter and more open.
After the show we headed to the flea market on Columbus Ave and 77th Street. On the way to the market, I took some shots of beautiful tulips, which always remind me Amsterdam and Madrid. You can buy the tulips bulb at the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. I bought black ones once, and planted in my garden in Madrid. They were just so beautiful. They remind me of very much of Madrid. El Paseo de la Castellana is full of tulips with many different colors during Spring.
I love flea markets in NYC. There are not many but when I have some time, a chance to go and some money I really want to go there and try to find some teacups. I am also on the lookout for other vintage things that I will use either for my photo shoot or clothing to wear.
While searching for my teacups I could not resist taking some pictures of the market. Are you ready to go through them?
This bread reminded us our baguettes we had in Paris, we finished them before we got home. When we were there we saw everybody in the streets with two baguettes under their arm; one to eat on the way home and one for everyone else.
I just love the vivid colors of this photo.
I am not a big fan of the pickles but there was something about these barrels. Love it.
....and of course, I can't miss taking pictures of the scarfs. There were some beautiful scarfs, different colors and designs in the market.
How cute these two dogs in the bag... I see them everywhere now in NYC.
It really struck me the way these dolls looked. I took a picture as these were not the typical ones you see in the stores...unique.
The eyes of this man really show that the day is almost ending. Tired as he was, he smiled at me while I took a picture of him.